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Arizona Governor Wants Cops Trained and Ready for Immigration Ruling

Posted Jun 13, 2012 11:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011.
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants police to be ready if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the state’s controversial immigration law.

The high court could rule as early as Monday, the Arizona Republic reports. In anticipation of the decision, Brewer ordered a state board on Tuesday to redistribute a training video explaining the law to police, according to the Republic and the Associated Press.

Among the contested provisions of the law is a requirement for state and local police to check the immigration status of people who are stopped, if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the United States illegally. The law also makes it a crime in Arizona to be in the United States illegally without registering with the federal government. Challengers claim the Arizona law known as SB 1070 is pre-empted by federal law.

A Brewer spokesperson says the governor “is optimistic that the heart of SB 1070 will be upheld and implemented,” according to the Arizona Republic. The state board will distribute supplemental materials explaining the decision after it is issued.

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